The Gifted, the Talented and Me William Sutcliffe



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SUNDAY TIMES CHILDRENS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 Laugh-out-loud funny and instantly recognisable – not since The Inbetweeners has a coming of age story been so irreverent and relatable. Fifteen-year-old Sam is not a famous vlogger, hes never gone viral, and he doesnt want to be the Next Big Thing. In fact hes ordinary and proud of it. None of which was a problem until Dad got rich and Mum made the whole family move to London. Now Sams off to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where everyones busy planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands. Sam knows hell never belong, even if he wanted to. And thats before he ends up on stage wearing nothing but a fur onesie … A brilliantly funny look at fitting in, falling out and staying true to your own averageness. Dangerously funny … To the parent, every line rings true – this is a writer with real live teenagers and he is especially good on the ups and downs of sibling relations and young love. Sutcliffe is gifted and talented. I hope the prizes flood in. Ill be giving this to every teenager I know – Alex OConnell, The Times The Gifted, the Talented and Me made me cry with laughter. A comic novel like this is a gift to the nation – Amanda Craig

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